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Pa. Gov. Rendell Endorses Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton is endorsed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at Philadelphia City Hall. (Getty Images).

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell endorsed New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president today in Carlisle, Pa. The governor was there for the groundbreaking of a law school building, according to the Associated Press, and told reporters before the event that he thought Clinton's performance in the Senate had been "spectacular."

"She also has the best health care plan for America," he said.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Rendell will make a formal endorsement announcement at a midday press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Democratic primary is not until April 22, but the endorsement should guarantee Clinton positive media coverage as she heads to New Jersey, which goes to the polls on Feb. 5, tonight, and may sway some South Jersey voters.

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CLINTON, ANGER AND A QUESTION OF RAPE

Bill Clinton likes to say, "You've got to do what you've got to do."

For him, that means lying, race-coding elections and trashing some of the best and brightest of the Democratic Party.

Well, we've got to do what we've got to do.

But we're not going to make any accusations.

We are just going to let Democrats make their own judgment.

We do believe a party of change cannot be a party to corruption and that government accountability starts with personal responsibility, a quality neither of the Clintons can claim.

Here is some reporting from reputable sources that might allow Democrats decide whether we believe what we say we do--including in women's rights--or are, dare I say, "shameless."

Katha Pollitt of the liberal Nation Magazine, an improbable ally of Hillary's "vast rightwing conspiracy" has reported that(http://www.thenation.com/doc/19990322/pollitt ):

"We will never know the truth behind Juanita Broaddrick's claim that Bill Clinton raped her in a Little Rock hotel room in l978. The most you can say about it, which is also the least you can say about it, is that her story is credible ... investigations by NBC News and reporting from the Washington Post poked no major holes in it.

"She has as much corroboration as Anita Hill--friends who say she told them about the assault at the time, one of whom says she saw her immediately after with a bruised and swollen lip.... the best Clinton's defenders can come up with is that rape doesn't fit his 'MO'--as if, after all the backing and filling and prevaricating and outright lying, we know what this man's MO really is."

More recently Christopher Hitchens, also of the independent left, has written (http://www.slate.com/id/2182065 ):

"In my opinion, Gennifer Flowers was telling the truth; so was Monica Lewinsky, and so was Kathleen Willey, and so, lest we forget, was Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who says she was raped by Bill Clinton.... Yet one constantly reads that both Clintons, including the female who helped intensify the slanders against her mistreated sisters, are excellent on women's "issues."

Then there was one of the original Washington Post stories, "Clinton Accuser's Story Aired"
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics ...), that was very sympathetic to Ms. Broaddrick:

"Juanita Broaddrick told her story to a national television audience last night, saying she did not tell authorities 21 years ago of her contention that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her because 'I just don't think anyone would have believed me.'

"In a gripping account punctuated by sobs, the Arkansas woman told "Dateline NBC" that in her Little Rock hotel room, Clinton suddenly 'turned me around and started kissing me, and that was a real shock. I first pushed him away. I just told him 'no.'... He tries to kiss me again. He starts biting on my lip.... And then he forced me down on the bed. I just was very frightened. I tried to get away from him. I told him 'no.'... He wouldn't listen to me.'

The media seems more interested in covering the presidential "horse race" than looking at hard truths while professional "women's rights activists" whistle softly and look past the individual carnage and the possibilities for a reprise of Oval Office embarrassment.

Martin Edwin Andersen is the 2001 winner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel's "Public Servant Award" for uncovering what the U.S. Department of Justice's Inspector called "egregious misconduct" and "willful disregard for national security" by senior aides to Attorney General Janet Reno in a major corruption and security scandal at the DOJ.

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | January 23, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

AS A FORMER SUPPORTER OF BILL & HILLARY CLINTON, I AM VERY TURNED OFF BY THEIR BEHAVIOR TOWARDS OBAMA; TO THE POINT I HAVE DECIDED I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HER.AS OF RIGHT NOW, I AM NOT SURE IF BILL IS RUNNING FOR A THIRD TERM, OR HILLARY IS COLLECTING ON A DEAL MADE FOR STAYING WITH HIM DURING AND AFTER THE MONICA DAYS. EITHER WAY, I WILL NOT VOTE FOR HER, AND INITIALLY I WAS LEANING HER WAY. IT APPEARS TO ME, THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO WIN. I FEEL AND ALWAYS HAVE, SHE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO DEFEND HERSELF AND COMPARE RECORDS. I AM JUST HAVING AN ISSUE WITH THEIR GO ALL OUT AT ANY COST TO WIN AND DESTROY SOMEONE ELSE IN THE PROCESS. SHE WAS NEVER SUPPOSE TO BE CROWN FOR THE OFFICE NOR WAS SHE TO INHERIT IT, SHE WAS SUPPOSE TO GO OUT AND EARN IT. AT PRESENT, I CAN NOT SEE MYSELF VOTING FOR HER, NO MATTER WHAT OR WHO IS ON THE TICKET WITH HER, NOT THAT SHE NEEDS ANYONE, WHEN BILL WILL BE THERE FOR HIS THIRD TERM

Posted by: wcgraves76 | January 23, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

What are they on?

Unlike Reagan, Bill Clinton never won the majority of the popular vote: In 1992, he received only 41% of the vote, and in 1996, he won just over 47%. By contrast, Regan won 50.7% for his first term, and a whopping 58.7% of the popular vote for his second term. If the Democrats want to win back the White House in 2008, they will need the votes of independents & some Republicans. It is as yet unclear how Bill and Hillary expect to do this if she is the nominee.

On the other hand, what has been so enticing about Barack Obama--and so terrifying to the Clinton camp--is the Illinois senator's potential to appeal beyond the traditional Democratic base", to people like me, an independent. The Clintons are snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory for the Democrats just when the politics has found a candidate like Obama.

Posted by: JoJo7 | January 23, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

You will find that 'FAST' EDDIE RENDEL resident DEMBHOLE HACK will back HILLARY aka FIRST FEMALE FASCIST 'IL DUCE - BENITO MUSSOLINI' wannabe as most SLIMY POLS gravitate to more illegalities of the CLINTONS!!! SOME ENDORSEMENT ONE DEMBHOLE THIEF ENDORSING A BIGGER THIEF!!! Ah "...asbestos pants-suits" sure hide a lot of 'UGLINESS/CORRUPTION' don't they???

Posted by: ZyskandarAJaimot | January 23, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Just more evidence to back up Bill's claim that Hillary is the anti-Establishment candidate and that the deck is stacked against her.

Posted by: jbentley4 | January 23, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The governor of philadelphia will go down as one of the worst in Pennsylvania history. The legislative pay raise is his legacy. He has been lobying for a cabinet postion forver. Bring us Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.

Posted by: frankwilson.hobc | January 23, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

paintsnprints ...LOL! ROTFL!
She can't even run her own campaign!!!
She needs Bill to do her dirty work!!!
She is FAKE and LIES with a straight face!!


What dionc9 said isn't hate it is the truth.
America needs to release itself from their Royalty past and realize a true democracy is not run by families.
Who comes after Hillary... Jeb?
And I guess Chelsea after that and the Bush daughter after that right?

No one is going to convince me that only these two families can run the country because neither has done a good job.

Hillary has no experience for day one to run the presidency unless she is hinting that her name is going to be only for reference and this is a cheap way to get her husband in for a third term under the table. If her experience as a wife matters then I guess her running mate might be the cat or dog they had too right? After all her logic of experience is from a spectators view inside the White House. Maybe she has made up with Monica and she will be her running mate. ROTFL!

Posted by: bbg_isback | January 23, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I like Governer Rendell just fine, except for the casinos, but his endorsement doesn't mean too much to me - frankly, I already thought he endorsed her! Thanks, Guv, but I'll still be voting for Obama.

Posted by: squintz | January 23, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

to tnit1 and Lonewacko---it's all sour apples. Clintons-haters are getting less fun these days. Joy to the world!
Just what do you guys think is the best for the citizenry? more hate, more curse and more slanders? The result of your actions----sinking the ship where we are all aboard! For this country's sake, refrain from such senseless attacks and unite under Hillary's presidency.
If you still think Obama is your dream come true, go look at Chicago Sun Times report on his relationship with Rezko. If you like John McCain or Romney, vote Republican to repeat the hell we have gone through the last 7 years. Use your brains, not your emotion.

Posted by: paintsnprints | January 23, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Rendell supports whoever the DLC arm of the party tells him to support. With the DLC's ties to corporate interest, it's no wonder Clinton will get their support. The Clinton's gave us NAFTA and corporate tax loop holes, not to mention letting GWBush take us into a war based on lies. The Clinton's talk about healthcare for all but during 8 years as president, nothing was done. Hillary Clinton talks of her experience, yet the White House archives from her First Lady years are sealed as per Bills request. Hillary looks more and more like Cheney. America needs a new direction. A direction not chosen by corporate profit but instead chosen for what is best for the citizenry.

Posted by: dionc9 | January 23, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Rendell is an anti-American idiot who doesn't support the fundamental concepts that allow him to serve as an elected official:

http://lonewacko.com/blog/archives/005309.html

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | January 23, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Boy does he want that cabinet position. I hope Clinton wins just so Rendell leaves this state. He's essentially the Governor of Philadelphia; he has complete disregard for the rest of the state.

Posted by: tnit1 | January 23, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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